Did Osi Umenyiora mean he'd give Giants a hometown discount?
Osi Umenyiora has already pledged that he’s done with the drama.
The New York Giants defensive end was looking to enhance his contract situation last year and it became a popular storyline. The veteran defensive end, coming off his second Super Bowl title with the club, doesn’t want to be a distraction anymore. Or that is what he's gone on record saying.
Umenyiora is entering the final year of his contract and it remains to be seen how the situation will be handled. Will he play out the deal? Will the Giants extend him? Could the club explore trade options? They’re all interesting scenarios but coach Tom Coughlin said on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he expects Umenyiora to be with the team in 2012.
What else is Coughlin going to say at this point? Of course, that is going to be his reply. It makes sense, though. The strength of the defense is in the line. Why take away from that?
What’s even more intriguing is that Umenyiora, who is set to earn $3.975 million in 2012, told SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio he would stay with the Giants for less.
“You know what’s so funny?" Umenyiora said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "If it came down to me taking less to stay here, I would.”
Now, I’m not going to jump to conclusions on this one. Would Umenyiora really play for less than his current rate in 2012? The guess here – and it’s just a guess – is that Umenyiora implied the Giants might get a bit of a hometown discount if they came at him with a long-term extension. After all, an extension has been what he's sought all along.
Either way, Umenyiora’s status will remain a hot topic even if Coughlin, the club and the player all say he’ll be back with Big Blue in 2012.
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